Mark Zuckerberg controls more than 51 per cent of Facebook votes,  despite owning only about 14% of the company.   Photograph: Bloomberg

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg faced a significant rebellion from ordinary shareholders, with more than a quarter voting against their(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: from Friday she will have attention-grabbing fines at her disposal. Photograph: Seán Breithaupt and Yvette Monahan/Getty Images

It has come a long way from having just 26 staff in an office next to a Centra in Portarlington but not far enough if the State’s personal-data protec(...)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  at the European Parliament in Brussels: “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibilities.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Facebook’s Irish HQ is a testament to the company’s commitment to Europe where it will employ 10,000 people by the end of 2018 – up from 7,000 today, (...)

GDPR  is a new EU regulation that updates and harmonises how data is gathered, processed, stored and used across the bloc

You can thank Brussels if your in-box is soon less clogged than usual with spam. Above all you can thank Jan-Philipp Albrecht, a boyish Green Party M(...)

Some 230 new ads appeared on Facebook last week and  the number is increasing, the Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI) found. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Nearly 900 paid-for advertisements relating to the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, including some paid for by overseas groups, have been captured (...)

European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality Vera Jourová: due to attempts to influence elections via social media,  “People do not have a chance to have a free choice because they are objects of manipulation.” Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

EU justice commissioner Vera Jourová has urged national governments to regulate online political advertising to throttle the “dirt” flowing through so(...)

John McGuirk, communications director of the Save the 8th campaign. Photograph: Nic Bradshaw.

“We are here in Dublin with ProtectThe8th this morning. Pray for us! #warroomsessions”, said the Facebook posting by Fuzati, conveying something of a (...)

Facebook has tremendous scale: with more than 2.2 billion users logging on every month, 200 million of whom have their relationship status set to ‘single’.  Photograph: iStock

Facebook has the largest network of singles in the world, a mission to bring people closer together and detailed data that research has shown knows yo(...)

The impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation on Facebook’s business is likely to be a key focus. Photograph: AP

In a maelstrom of controversy over election meddling, inappropriate content and privacy violations, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says he i(...)

Alphabet’s worldwide ad sales increased to $31.1bn, above the average analysts’ estimate of $30.3bn. Photograph: Getty Images

Google owner Alphabet reported first-quarter sales and profit on Monday that topped financial analysts’ estimates as it achieved better pricing on ads(...)

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